The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) says it will now take Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) President Linda Kasonde as a political opponent.
PF Secretary General Davies Mwila told Journalists in Lusaka that because of Ms Kasonde’s interest in politics, the ruling party has no option but to treat her as a political enemy.
Mr. Mwila says it is very clear that the LAZ President has been supporting the opposition UPND and that is the more reason the party will now treat her as an opponent in politics.
He said the judiciary should also be criticized when it makes certain decisions just like the Presidency in Zambia is criticized.
He said the PF has on several occasions assured the nation that it will not interfere in the operations of the judiciary but that when it does something wrong the party and stakeholders are free to criticize.
Early this week the Law Association of Zambia strongly condemned State House Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda’s recent attacks on the judiciary.
LAZ president Linda Kasonde said the statements by Special assistant to the president Amos Chanda appeared to suggest that any judgement against a Member of Parliament from the ruling party was not in the interests of justice. The statements went further to suggest that there would be repercussions against any Judge that rules against a ruling party Member of Parliament.
Ms Kasonde said the threatening comments by Mr. Chanda such as that the Judiciary “must not be like politicians” and “must not push the Executive to push judicial reforms [in] the Kenya style” were unacceptable and contemptuous.
Last week the Lusaka High Court nullified the parliamentary election of Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Margaret Mwanakatwe as PF’s Member of Parliament for Lusaka Central Constituency in Lusaka Province and Minister of Higher Education,Professor Nkandu Luo as Member of Parliament for Munali Constituency in Lusaka Province.This was not well received by the Patriotic Front prompting the comments by Mr.Chanda.